Taking a road trip through the Golden Circle to see all these spots in Iceland is unbelievable. Waterfalls, geysers, a national park, a crater lake, and two amazing relaxing hot springs are part of this guide. You can make this trip in 6 hours, or you can also decide to spend more time and do it on a 2-day journey completing 300km around the Golden Circle. You can make it a solo-driving trip, or pick one of the tours, but here are 7 stops we highly recommend:
Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir has been a National Park since 1928. During the Viking settlement, this place served as a meeting point for the parliament. The position of the rocky formations made Þingvellir a natural amphitheater, and perfect for public speaking. In 2004, it was named a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
In Þingvellir, you will find a unique geological trait. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a divergent tectonic plate that goes along the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, and this ridge crosses part of Iceland and divides it: the North-American tectonic plate from the Eurasian tectonic plate. Each year the rift valley pulls apart 2.5cm, and small earthquakes happen every day, but they are too small to be noticed.
Walking around this national park is fantastic, but it is not the only thing to do. You can follow the different hiking trails, horseback riding, angling, and camping are available. Diving is also a great option when in Þingvellir, and you can do it in two places: Silfra and Davíðsgjá. Silfra is one of the best spots for diving and snorkeling in Iceland, and it has been recognized as one of the unique rifts in the world due to the clarity of its water and magnificent surroundings. If you have the time to do this, don’t think about it twice. Here are some of our tours you can book for snorkeling and diving in Silfra. Click here to see our snorkeling and diving tours.